Guest Blogger: Holly Miller

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About Holly Miller

The author of this post is Holly Miller, a writer for Coupon Croc, where you can grab a Very discount code to save on your favorite beauty supplies, skincare products and makeup brands.

A Short, Believe-or-Not List of Weird Beauty Tips That Actually Work


For those of us who want to look great without going to a salon on a daily basis, we often search diligently for easier-cheaper-faster ways to accomplish our goal. Some of the hints, tips and tricks we read are so outrageous that we cannot move quickly enough to distance ourselves from those techniques.

Believe it or not, though, some of those weird beauty tips actually work.

  • Brushed Hairspray

Many people know of the Hair-Spray-on-the-Brush trick for a good hairdo hold that still leaves your hair pretty soft. But how many times have you struggled with the hair stragglers that follow the bristles or the air current as you begin another stroke? Have you felt aggravated from it?

When you finish the hairspray stroke, flip the brush over and lightly coat it with the same hairspray, then gently stroke from your scalp to the end of the strands. The hair won’t lift from the static electricity, yet you won’t plaster your hair to your head. If your brush has too many openings for this to be effective, take an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll and coat the cardboard and try the same thing. If no rolled cardboard is available, try a small baggie and use it like a glove. Don’t over-coat the plastic, though. Remember: This is to calm the strays, not further hold your ‘do.

  • Rough Hands

Want to gently clean or remove light calluses from your hands and fingers? Take one tablespoon of honey and add one teaspoon of sugar and mix well. Rub over hands and fingers for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse well with a gentle soap in warm water.

The natural sweetness of the honey and its heavier consistency will inhibit the sugar from dissolving into the thick liquid, and the sugar granules subtly exfoliate the dead skin cells, leaving your hands smooth and soft.

If you have thicker calluses, it will, of course, take time for the build-up to get scrubbed away, but be patient. This trick really does work.

  • Eyelashes and Eyebrows

Gently blow dry your eyelashes before you curl them. The bit of heat gets those molecules moving faster and makes the eyelash easier to curl without risk of damage. Really. Don’t scald your eyes, but this truly helps.

As an extra boost, a hint of Vaseline on your lashes can help keep them in great condition. It doesn’t take much, so don’t overload.

Take an old toothbrush and use it to smooth rough or independent eyebrows into place. However, remember that they don’t have to worry about cavities, so resist the toothpaste habit.

  • Cold Contact

Keep your creams and lotions in the refrigerator. It can help extend their life, and the coolness can refresh your skin and give it a great glow.

The same goes for washing. Taking cold showers is rarely a treat, but a cool ending to your shower makes your skin look terrific. You don’t have to shock your system by turning off the hot water all at once. You can decrease the temperate a bit at a time, so by the time you are finished, a 30-second rinse in cool water is easily endured.  You save on utility bills, too, by using less hot water, and who doesn’t want to save money?

Thank you so much Holly for being a guest blogger. If you would like to be a guest blogger, contact me!

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Hair Brushes

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As a follow up to the post regarding hair products, I thought it would be good to discuss different hair brushes.

  • Round Boar’s Hair Brush – use it on hair that has tight curls. The bristles on this brush helps straighten hair along with the use of a blow dryer.

DCNL Natural Wood Anti Static Hairbrush

DCNL Natural Wood Anti-Static Hair Brush $9

  • Round/Square Cushion Brush – use it on wavy/straight hair that is shoulder length or shorter. This brush will allow you to curve the hair around the brush.

Conair Mega Ceramic Cushion Hair Brush

Conair Mega Ceramic Cushion Hair Brush $8.50

  • Round Thermal Brush – use it on wavy/straight hair for lots of volume. The metal center of the brush acts as a curling iron as it is heated up by the blow dryer.

Conair Mega Ceramic Thermal Round Brush

Conair Mega Ceramic Thermal Round Brush $12

  • Wide Paddle Brush – use it on long, straight, or wavy hair you want to straighten. This brush allows you to straighten large sections of hair at one time.

Goody Styling Therapy Copper Paddle Brush

Goody Styling Therapy Copper Paddle Brush $10

  • Wide Tooth Comb – use it on curls or tangly wavy hair. This comb detangles hair while it is still wet.

Ulta Large Wide Tooth Comb

Ulta Large Wide Tooth Comb $2.50

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